A Research-Based Development Economics Course for Undergraduates

35 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2013

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Prakarsh Singh

Amherst College - Department of Economics

Hongye Guo

Amherst College - Department of Economics

Alvaro Morales

Amherst College - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 28, 2013

Abstract

We present details of a research-based course in development economics taught at a private liberal arts college to undergraduates. There were three key elements in this class: first, teaching of applied econometrics, second, group presentations reviewing published and working papers in development economics, and third, using concepts taught in class to write an original research paper. The project needed to use econometric analyses on an existing data set that was available online to answer a question in development economics. We illustrate how the three elements of the class complemented each other and provide a case study as an example.

Keywords: teaching development economics, upper-level elective, applied econometrics

JEL Classification: O12, A22, A13

Suggested Citation

Singh, Prakarsh and Guo, Hongye and Morales, Alvaro, A Research-Based Development Economics Course for Undergraduates (September 28, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2332972 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2332972

Prakarsh Singh (Contact Author)

Amherst College - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
United States
413-542-2271 (Phone)

Hongye Guo

Amherst College - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
United States

Alvaro Morales

Amherst College - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
United States

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